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Kingdom Values #1

April 9, 2012

In my Easter blog(s) I said that Jesus died because he refused to accept the political and religious values of his day. He refused to acknowledge that the Emperor was Lord – and that his death and resurrection showed that he was right.

Today many millions of people follow him. They seek to live a life that is based on the values of the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. But what does that look like? I hinted at the political and religious realities of the first century, and specifically mentioned the modern `curse` of capitalism. This week these blogs will explore the fundamental differences between what society thinks and what the Kingdom demonstrates.

First up is who we are. We live in a world where the message is that we can be powerful, we – as individuals – are all important. Everything, from Disney films through to Soap operas, including the push behind celebrity tells us that we can make it, we can be the best, we can achieve all that we dream of, we can succeed. Behind this is a more subtle push that we don’t really need anyone who is going to slow us down, we are entitled to ignore anyone who doesn’t want to go with us – or agree with our point of view with the simple phrase “Am I bothered?”

Taken to it’s logical conclusion society is telling us that we are responsible for no-one other than ourselves. We can be selfish, we can be pushy, we can ignore anyone we don’t want to pay attention to!

The Kingdom of God places an incredibly high value on people. The message of Easter is that God loves us so much that Jesus was prepared to die a death he did not deserve to make us His children. – But don’t begin to think of this through the worldview of society! Jesus died for EVERYONE. In fact at the beginning of human existence God made humankind “in his image”, so each and every human being is the high point of creation! Not long afterwards God told Cain that he was “his brothers keeper”, that he had a responsibility to look after other people (rather than murder them!)

The way of the Kingdom is is give human dignity back to everyone. This person may be interrupting me but they are important enough to listen to because they are made in God’s image: another person may be to poor to pay me for my services but I have a duty of care because they are my brother: someone else may be of a  different race, religion or culture (one that I do not like) but they still have the right to respect and protection.

The Kingdom of God tells us that we are a community, and that I must leave my selfishness aside to offer dignity to everyone I meet.

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